John Boyega says he feels “peaceful” after Disney handled the racist backlash against black characters in the Star Wars universe.
The British actor said the company’s response to abuse directed at Moses Ingram, who stars in the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off series alongside Ewan McGregor, “completes my time when I’m not getting it.” supported”.
Disney and McGregor both released public statements directly addressing racist messages sent to Ingram and expressing solidarity with the actress.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang, Boyega said he doesn’t feel “bitter” that the franchise hasn’t helped him in the same way while experiencing abuse.
“Moses Ingram being protected makes me feel protected,” he said.
“It made me feel like, ‘Okay, that’s great. I am not the elephant in the room. ‘ Because when I started it wasn’t really a conversation you could give.
“You know how they went through it. Something like, ‘Be quiet.’ It’s not a conversation you can give.
“But now to see how blatant it is, to see Ewan McGregor come in and support… It, for me, completes my time where I get no support.”
Moses Ingram being protected makes me feel protected. It makes me feel like, ‘Okay, cool. I am not the elephant in the room. ‘ Because when I started it wasn’t really a conversation you could give.John Boyega
After Ingram first revealed racist messages were being sent to her, McGregor released a video in which he said the news made him “pain in my stomach” and that people posted abuse as “no Star Wars fan in my mind”.
The official Star Wars account tweeted: “There are over 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don’t choose to be a racist.”
When asked how he feels, without Ingram’s support, he said: “It doesn’t make me feel bitter at all.
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“It makes me feel like you are that guy sometimes. And my dad taught me that.
“Sometimes you’re not the guy to get the blessing and sometimes you’re Moses, you know, you lead people up the mountain, but you see the destination.
“You don’t get in, you make someone else come in. And that’s where you get your happiness,” he said.
“And for me to see other people being accepted, and at the same time see that the studios are now like, ‘Okay, that’s great.
“This is not an elephant in room conversation. We need to support our black customers. ‘ Awesome.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/john-boyega-felt-peace-at-disneys-handling-of-racism-directed-at-moses-ingram-41933325.html John Boyega feels ‘at peace’ over Disney’s racist handling of Moses Ingram